EDIT: I've posted an edited version of this comment here: https://thephilosophyforum.com/discussion/5573/philosopher-roger-scruton-has-been-sacked-for-islamophobia-and-antisemitism
I like several of Roger Scruton's books, and his treatment is a disgrace. His knowledge and appreciation of Islam are profound, and the idea that Islamophobia is an invented propaganda word is a legitimate one. I don't see anything wrong with what he said in that recent interview, nor have I read anything anti-Semitic, anti-Islamic, racist or xenophobic in the books and articles of his I've read, most of which are deeply humane and thoughtful.
I shouldn't have to say any of that here, on a philosophy forum. This is a witless attack on free speech, and the eager acceptance of such attacks by liberals and intellectuals, including here on TPF, makes me despair. And obviously, Scruton is not a fascist.
It seems that this has happened following an interview and article by George Eaton
published in the New Statesman
. To see just how reliable the writer of this article might be, here are Scruton's original words about Hungary, which he defended in the interview, and which are being presented as evidence of anti-semitism:
Many of the Budapest intelligentsia are Jewish, and form part of the extensive networks around the Soros Empire. People in these networks include many who are rightly suspicious of nationalism, regard nationalism as the major cause of the tragedy of Central Europe in the 20th century, and do not distinguish nationalism from the kind of national loyalty that I have defended in this talk. Moreover, as the world knows, indigenous anti-Semitism still plays a part in Hungarian society and politics, and presents an obstacle to the emergence of a shared national loyalty among ethnic Hungarians and Jews. — Scruton
To present this as anti-semitic is simply dishonest. The more you look at George Eaton's behaviour around this, his articles and Tweets, the more plain it is that this deputy editor of the New Statesman (!)
has been part of a smear campaign.
To balance the Guardian and Statesman, here's another take on the affair (which by the way also reveals the shocking truth about what Scruton thinks of Chinese people):
TRIGGER WARNING: not only does that link take you to the Spectator :gasp:
, but the article is written by Douglas Murray :scream:
What is it about philosophers and Fascism? — unenlightened
Although Freud’s attempt at explaining homophobia might be held to justify the use of that term to describe at least some of the negative views that some people hold about homosexuality, this is no excuse for inventing ‘Islamophobia’ as an explanation of the negative views that many people hold about Islam. The invention of this term by activists of the Muslim Brotherhood is a rhetorical trick, though it seems that my habit of pointing this out is a further proof that I am guilty. Are we then to suppose that people are repelled by Islam because of the unconscious desire to embrace it, this repulsion being part of an elaborate defence mechanism? Or could it be that murder, genocide, rape and enslavement carried out in the name of Islam have made people somewhat suspicious of the faith? My own view, expounded in The West and the Rest and elsewhere, is that the only phobia involved here is the natural revulsion against those horrible crimes, and has nothing to do with Islam, which is abused by those who commit the crimes and not by those who are repelled by them. However, I am sure that there are out-of-context sentences to be extracted here that will be useful in pinning on to me an accusation that admits no presumption of innocence, there being, as with all nonsense accusations, no gap between accusation and guilt. — Scruton
It's not typical of his books but I like it. I didn't notice anything anti-philosophical, unless you mean his anti-continental bias, which is actually mild compared with other Anglo philosophers.